Brilliant Little Lunch Tips

It may be summer, but it’s back-to-school season already here at the offices of Parents—we’re busy putting the finishing touches on our big September issue so it’ll be ready for you to read in mid-August. The other day, I read our fabulous article about packing fun lunches for kids, which included all sorts of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tricks that I’ve already started using since my daughter is going to a day camp at her preschool this summer and has to bring lunch with her for the first time. Here’s my favorite tip: *Make a small cut in the stem of a banana so it’s ready to open (and do the same for easy-peel clementines). Yesterday, Jane opened her banana without help from the teacher! *For granola and snack bars, make a tiny snip on one end of the wrapper so it’s simple to tear. I also cut the end off the tough-to-open cellophane wrapper on the straw of Jane’s OJ juice box. *If the jelly on your child’s PB&J sandwich turns the bread soggy, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both pieces of bread to act as a barrier.

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  1. by Caitlin Domanico Photography

    On July 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    What a great idea! I should get this article and send it home to my students’ parents!

  2. by Susanne

    On July 19, 2008 at 12:49 am

    My eco-mom lunch tip is to get rid of the stinky vinyl & plastic lunch bags & boxes! Pack your child’s lunch in a super cute certified organic cotton lunch bag that’s made in USA by Hero Bags.
    Check the new organic lunch bags out at